"This is a fine study, well informed by scholarship in the history of the Caribbean, and Puerto Rican women in particular."-- Feministas Unidas Feministas Unidas
"Felix Matos Rodriguez's Women and Urban Change in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1820- 1868 is one of the most important studies of nineteenth century Puerto Rican history in the last twenty years, and the only study to focus entirely on Puerto Rican women of this era. " - Latin American Research Review Latin American Research Review
"a masterful text which for all its wealth of sources in eminently readable. Students will find in this text an important alternative to the rural hegemony so characteristic of pre-1970s scholarship. In addition, historians of gender in colonial Caribbean societies will find valuable comparative material here." - Caribbean Studies Newsletter Caribbean Studies Newsletter
"Drawing on a wealth of documentary sources, such as population censuses, minutes from the town council meetings, notarial contracts, and a variety of cabildo and church records, Matos Rodriguez carefully constructs a detailed picture of the geographical spaces in which San Juan women (sanjuaneras) lived their lives."
"Students of gender and racial formation will find in this book a solid empirical ground to begin posing new questions." New West Indian Guide